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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

The motorcycle that changed how sports motorcycles were built. The Honda CBR900RR FireBlade wiped the floor with its competitor motorcycles not by being more powerful (it wasn’t) but by being lighter. Rivals were all well over 200kg, the first Honda CBR900RR FireBlade was just 185kg which made it perform superbly. It’s still a wild ride and a surprisingly practical motorcycle too.

 

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Proven technology made lightweight – very much the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade’s philosophy. It worked extremely well. The in-line four, 16 valve, liquid cooled engine in the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade grew from 893cc to 918cc by 1998 but it always set the motorcycle alight with plenty of power at any revs and a dab of character too.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CBR900RR was labeled dangerously fast steering when it was launched – but times have moved on and modern motorcycles are much more flighty. The 16” front wheel gives an unusual feel and somewhat limits tyre choice – a 17" wheel from a Honda VFR750F-V goes straight in without needing new spacers. Brakes work well if in good condition.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

Like any minimalist sports motorcycle there’s few luxuries on the Honda CBR900RR Fireblade. But the Honda CBR900RR FireBlade has a couple of surprises up its sleeve. First it’s not uncomfortable or cramped – even pillion accommodation is good if a grab rail is added. Also there’s an excellent ‘boot’ luggage space under the rear seat.

Honda CBR900RR Fireblade (1992-1999)

Detail Value
Dealer used prices
£1,900 (1996) - £2,650 (1994)
Private used prices
£1,710 (1996) - £2,410 (1994)
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Engine size 918 cc
Power 128 bhp
Top speed 160 mph
Insurance group 17 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

Despite making a motorcycle with revolutionary light weight, Honda didn’t cut corners in terms of quality. Honda CBR900RR FireBlades can easily run to 100,000 miles with routine maintenance. Problems with used motorcycle will be caused by neglect, crash damage or thieves so check thoroughly for all those when looking at a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Honda CBR9000RR was the best motorcycle in its day and still a superb buy on the used market. Some rivals are cheaper but buy a clean, straight used Honda CBR900RR FireBlade and you can’t go wrong. Depreciation shouldn’t be massive and the early ‘round eye’ 1992 and 1993 Honda CBR900RR FireBlades look like becoming collectors items. Find a Honda CBR900RR FireBlade for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 17 of 17

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Model History

1992: Honda CBR900RR launched.
1994: Updated Honda CBR900RR FireBlade with fox eye faired in headlights, RR logo on the tail unit, electric speedo, minor gearbox mods and more.
1996: More updates including 918.5cc engine, dual slits on each side of tail unit, power up from 122bhp to 126, weight down from 185kg to 183.
1998: New plastics, power up to 128bhp, weight down to 180kg, more comfortable too.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 10.8 secs
Max power 128 bhp
Max torque 68 ft-lb
Weight 180 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 17 of 17
Engine size 918 cc
Engine specification 16v in-line four, 6 gears
Frame Aluminium beam
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 310mm discs
Rear brake 220mm disc
Front tyre size 130/70 x 16
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(34 reviews)

  • Brilliant

    Anonymous

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I bought my RRX '99 Blade in 2010 with 16k miles on it. It came with full service history and was totally standard. Since then i've added a few bits, K&N air filter, Beowulf can and some cosmetic changes replacing lights, indicators etc... I have been living in Central Europe since 2010 and i brought the bike with me. Over the last 4 and a half years i've covered around 14k miles on it with trips to the Stelvio pass, Grossglockner pass and weekend blasts through Czech, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Before this bike i had an '02 plate ZX9R and i thought that was a good bike but the Blade is in another league in terms of handling, this bike just inspires you to push harder through corners and when you do get it wrong it always seems to get you out the other side. In over 4 years of ownership it hasn't missed a beat and when i go out with other riders they always ask how old it is and seem surprised when i tell them it's a 15 year old bike, says something for the build quality and the design of the time. There is a limited choice of tyres as the front is a 16" wheel. I'm running it on Bridgestone S20's which are excellent but don't last very long. I'm getting around 3k miles out of the rear but they more than make up for the longevity in terms of grip. I'm always looking at what to replace the Blade with but struggle to see why i would need to replace it as the bike is the perfect blend of power and handling for the road. More than enough to get you into trouble! I maintain the bike myself and it's generally pretty easy to work on with a vast amount of help and info across the web for when i do get stuck. The bike is comfortable for long rides, fast as hell and handles sublimely. If you are looking at one of these and not sure, i would go for it as you won't be disappointed.

    14 September 2014

  • 900RR -x

    Rob Healy

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having always wanted a blade in the blue/gold colouring I won one on the bay for £1370. 3 owner, 25k and loads of paper. It's only my 2nd bike, I've been riding for a 18month. I wanted this as a first bike, but was adised not to! So far, I've knocked up 500 miles and the bike is a dream to ride, so confidence building. I'm 6' and find it really comfortable, truely is a Brilliant bike.

    06 August 2012

  • My RRW Blade

    Mavrik11964

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Bought my RRW off eBay around 3 yrs ago & it has never let me down. Used daily as a commuter, few trackdays & a tour of the Loire region (France) Had 21k on it when I got it & now on 43k & still going strong!! Mine is a Colin Edwards Laguna Seca replica & has several mods on it including a 17in VFR800 front wheel conversion which is a relatively easy mod & allows a massive choice of rubber. The tip in is still quick as I dropped the yokes by 5mm to compensate ;-) I use Metzeler Racetecs or Dunlop D211GP Racers on track & Metzeler Sportec M5 on the road. Has got Braking front waveys and Galfer rear discs with braided lines. Hyperpro progressive spring internals in the front & rear. Sprint Pro steering damper (it will shake it's head at you if you don't respect it!!) Has been Dynojetted & will easily keep up with newer more powerful marques. I fitted Renthal 15T/45T sprockets which I feel gives it immense acceleration with only a slight loss in top end (even on track) Have ridden several other makes of bike & I still prefer my ole Blade!! The Blades are well put together & have bulletproof reliability too... Get one & you will be surprised how good they really are!!

    21 May 2012

  • rrw

    bigbroon

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought mine new in 2000 and have never regretted it stil as fast as ever and wil keep up with lots of the new bikes,handles well and still in good nick.definately not for resale

    30 December 2010

  • Updated RRV

    tblade97

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Owned my 97 RRV since 1998 after the first owner put 3k miles on it. Having now done 21k with a few mods later, I will never sell my fireblade. Owned R1's, GSXR's, supermotos etc but this bike always seems to delight. First mod was a VFR 17" front wheel, excellent choice. Now I run a set of MAG Dymags, RC45 front forks and yokes. Billet 6 calipers with PFM discs. Ohlins damper with Harris bracket, Ohlins rear shock and PFM disc. 1998 stainless downpipes with a stubby and Ti Vance and Hines pipe. Harris rearsets and Dunlop D208RR tyres are the best suited since the D207RR, tried many others but I like these overall. Internals are TTS finest with Bigbore JE pistons, flowed and polished, HRC cam with dynoed 41mm flatslides, the result is a sweet handling 158bhp 97 Fireblade that on the road the only thing that can slow you down is YOU !

    28 September 2010

  • Excellent all round bike - Will never part with it! Buy one now!

    jamie clark

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    If you are pondering as to whether a pre-injection blade is for you, then stop thinking and start buying! Not just are they classic's in the making, but they are a serious bike even by todays standards. I currently have a 1999 RRX/W and dont think for a minute that because it is a 10 year old bike that it must be slow! The blade still screams to breath taking speeds in no time at all and with a micron end can it sounds amazing! I use my blade every day and in all weathers and I love it! It rides two up with no problem at all with bearly any difference to the power and gets nods of respect every where you go. Two up, touring, around town, open roads...the list is endless! The blade is happy doing it all! As for fuel I normally reach about 140 miles before I hit reserve which is fine by me. I clean the blade all the time but even in winter the bike scrubs up really well. Excellent build quality, the likes of which you rarely ever see. If your new to riding to be put off by the blade. It really is very easy to ride, and as long as you respect it you cant go wrong. The 1998/99 blade is more like a sports tourer now especially in comparrison to the new blade which is more like a 600 is weight and shape. It is still big and bulky around its front end which gives it a menacing look! I really cant fault my bike. You really should stop thinking and get out there and buy one. I picked my 1999 blade up for a small sum of £1900! The bike only had 10000 miles on the clock and is and remains in excellent condition! I love it. For more photos check out my blog at www.hondafireblade.com.

    23 April 2009

  • Still ace

    all624

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I own an RRN and an Evoblade having owned both from new. The RRN has only 4,000 miles on it so it is really like new. Looks a little dated in a semi classic way but still great fun to ride, although 17 years on my riding is a little more sensible!

    01 February 2009

  • 1999blade

    1den

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    i can't praise this bike enough. considering it's very nearly 10 years old it's brilliant. i bought it with 9000 miles on the clock and have done 3500 miles over summer and loved every minute of it. fitted pirelli diablo tyres, which work really well with the bike - now need a new pair. pillion seat is good, just add a grab rail. i changed to braided hoses and new pads and it made a real difference on the power of the brakes. it's the only bike i've had that i can't say a bad word about! good mpg, brilliant handling, cheap insurance.

    22 September 2008

  • 1997 rrv

    lister22

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    had it for 3 years now just done 8000 mile and in great condition ,does eveything i need in a bike ,just got great bike insurance 130.00 fully comp ,the works ,carole nash , cheaper than the 12 bandit i had a few years ago.ive been riding for 14 years and i dont want anything else ,there were conti force tyres on it when i bought it and they were pants ,, pilot sport now 134.00 a pair not bad at all..for some tyre makes the front wheel is a killer on prices sometimes more than the rear , anyway its a great machine and i got a cracking deal with this one, never looked back.....

    02 September 2008

  • 97 RRV Fireblade

    Steven Hood

    NORWICH , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought new in August 97 on an "R" and now showing 102,015 Miles.I would say this bike just got better with more miles i put on it.Bridgestone tyres suit this bike well and have no probs with the 16" front wheel.Had to be quite firm with the gearchanges from new but got progressively better after 30,000miles.My only complaint has been the Alternator windings failing on 3 occasions now along with a couple of Reg/Rec"s.Keep to the 4000/8000/12000/16000 service intervals and the bike will do very high mileages.Top tip from a Honda Technician/Keep the revs down for the first 12miles while the engine gets to working temp and it will last forever.More than happy with this bike even after all the miles on it.It burns NO oil between 4000 mile changes and still does 40mpg when used quite hard.

    01 June 2008

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